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Reid Caught Mis-Using Campaign Funds – Again!

From the Washington Post:

Reid will reimburse campaign after inquiry about gifts purchased from granddaughter

By Aaron Blake and Paul Kane | March 25, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will reimburse his campaign more than $16,000 after questions were raised about holiday gifts purchased from a company owned by his granddaughter. Reid said in a statement Tuesday that he will refund the money, after the Federal Election Commission questioned him about the expense earlier this week.

"I thought it would be nice to give supporters and staff thank-you gifts that had a personal connection and a Searchlight (Nev.) connection, but I have decided to reimburse the campaign for the amount of the expenditure," Reid said…

Reid is always eager to be ‘nice’ — with other people’s money. Especially, when he can be ‘nice’ by giving other people’s money to a relative.

The expenditure was brought to light this week when the FEC sent Reid’s campaign a letter saying its description of the purchase – “holiday gifts” – doesn’t meet the commission’s criteria… [The] FEC rules state that such gifts must be of “nominal value.”

The total amount that Reid’s campaign spent on the gifts from his granddaughter’s jewelry company – Ryan Elisabeth – was $16,786. Reid’s granddaughter is Ryan Elisabeth Reid.

Come on. To a multimillionaire like Harry Reid, $17 thousand dollars is nominal! (And never mind how Reid got to be a multimillionaire on his salary.)

The Washington Post has asked Reid’s campaign precisely what kind of gifts the money was used to purchase. The campaign has yet to respond to multiple inquiries.

So how long has the WP been sitting on this news?

It’s not the first time Reid’s gifts have been at issue. The conservative group Citizens United in 2006 filed a complaint over thousands of dollars Reid had paid in holiday bonuses to employees of the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, where Reid lives.

Reid spent $600 on the holiday bonuses in 2002, $1,200 in 2004 and $1,500 in 2005.

As in this case, Reid opted to personally reimburse the money to his campaign in October 2006, after the press reported on it, and the FEC dismissed the complaint in February 2007.

Actually, just like in this case, the press tipped Reid off about the problem before they reported it. So he could pay up before anyone heard about it. 

Also, notice how the FCC didn’t bother to sanction Reid for his activities back then. Just like they won’t now. After all, he isn’t a Republican.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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